I'm a new recruit to the stay-at-home-mom world with two wee ones who keep me running.  Fortunately I'm still faster and smarter than them, but I know that won't last for long.  Hopefully I can fool them for awhile after that.  I write at Honest & Truly! about My Life.  My Story.  My Version.


You can also find me writing at Chicago Mom Blogs and 5 Minutes for Books.


I also try to maintain my sanity on Twitter as @HonestAndTruly.


A unique fact about myself that you might find surprising?  I may know how to cook now, but when I was learning, I shattered a gorgeous glass baking dish by trying to remelt some caramel on my stove.  I picked glass out of crevices in the kitchen until I moved.

My Blogs

Enjoying Raging Waves – The Largest Waterpark In Illinois

We were recently invited to spend the day at Raging Waves in Yorkville. The wee ones and I received complimentary tickets and lunch, but all opinions remain my own. We had never been to this water park before, but we’ve been checking out local (and not so local) water parks for the past couple years, so the wee ones are experts ....more

The Perfect Gift For The Person Who Has It All

My mom turned 70 last week, and I was stumped as to what to get her for her birthday. She has everything she wants and not a lot of room for “stuff.” I wanted to do something memorable that would last, which meant just taking her for dinner wasn’t going to cut it for this milestone birthday. Finally, I decided to have the wee ones help me by creating a one of a kind piece of art that looks like it was a custom print but really was something we made at home ....more

Salted Caramel NESTLE Girl Scout Crunch Ice Cream

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Perfect Fluffy Frosting

Yes, we’re still talking about the cake I made for my mom’s 70th birthday. It was that good. And after the perfect white cake and the requested lemon curd filling, we need to frost that beauty, right? ...more

Top 5 Reasons To Consider Concordia Language Villages

We moved two weeks ago, and one of the best parts about moving has been rediscovering my belongings – especially since we rented while looking for a new house and things like photo albums were in storage. I discovered all sorts of great photos from when I was a kid, including a ton of my years I spent at Concordia Language Villages as a kid. Since I’m headed back there again this summer, it seemed like someone was trying to tell me to share more of my experience ....more

Perfect Light White Cake

So yes, we’re still chatting about my mom’s 70th birthday. I told you already about the amazing lemon curd filling I made for her cake. It seemed like the best solution when she was looking for a lemon cake for her birthday ....more

I Have An Extraordinary Kid – Every Day

I have a pretty awesome kid. Mister Man rocks my world, and he has since Day One. That isn’t to say that I don’t want to strangle him sometimes because he’s a kid ....more

Lemon Curd Filling

Yesterday was my mom’s 70th birthday. I can’t believe she’s 70 – and neither can she. My family and I spent the day at her house celebrating with her ....more

Tom’s Of Maine Is My Moving Buddy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Hello Future: Paying With Your Phone

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of...more